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Grimmway Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., has acquired Generation Farms, Lake Park, Ga., a grower of carrots and other vegetables.

The southern Georgia and northern Florida facilities and assets of the company in the purchase do not include Generation Farms’ Vidalia onion business, the former Stanley Farms' operations.
Grimmway did not disclose the terms of the transaction.

Grimmway began growing carrots in Cook County, Ga., and Live Oak, Fla., in 2015 and opened its Southeast Regional Packing Facility in Sparks, Ga., in February 2018, according to a news release. Grimmway ships conventional carrot products under the Grimmway Farms, Bunny Luv and Premier labels from the facility from mid-December through May.

“Generation Farm’s diverse processing capabilities and productive land base provide a unique opportunity to grow our regional carrot program and expand our organic division,” Eric Proffitt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Grimmway Farms, said in the release.

Generation Farms was founded in 2013, when Lake Park-based Coggins Farms and Produce Inc. and Vidalia-based Stanley Farms joined operations. Grimmway plans to continue supplying Generation Farms’ longtime customers in the region, according to the release.

The company ships carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, blueberries and watermelons.

“We are excited to increase our footprint in the Southeast and welcome the talented team at Generation Farms to the Grimmway Farms family,” Jeff Huckaby, president of Grimmway Farms, said in the release. “We would also like to recognize Steve Grinstead and the Grinstead Group for providing expert advisory service and enabling a seamless transition from beginning to end.”

Grimmway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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